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Crab Plover: Dromadidae

Physical Characteristics, Diet, Behavior And ReproductionGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, CRAB PLOVERS AND PEOPLE, CONSERVATION STATUS

Crab plovers are found in coastal habitats along the Indian Ocean. Populations are found in portions of Africa, Madagascar, the Middle East, and India.


Crab plovers occupy desert and semi-desert habitats, generally within 0.6 miles (1 kilometer) of the ocean. They require sand dunes for nesting.

Crab plovers have little contact with humans because of the harsh climates they live in. However, in the past both crab plovers and their eggs have been eaten by humans.

Crab plovers are not considered threatened at this time, with surveys suggesting that there are as many as 50,000 individuals in existence. However, some populations have been affected by oil production activity, habitat destruction, pollution, and other factors.


FOR MORE INFORMATION

Books:

del Hoyo, J., A. Elliott, and J. Sargatal, eds. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol. 3, Hoatzin to Auks. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions, 1996.

Perrins, Christopher, ed. Firefly Encyclopedia of Birds. Buffalo, NY: Firefly Books, 2003.


Web sites:

"Crabplover." Bird Families of the World, Cornell University. http://www.es.cornell.edu/winkler/botw/dromadidae.html (accessed on April 20, 2004).

"Dromadidae (Crab Plover)." The Internet Bird Collection. http://www.hbw.com/ibc/phtml/familia.phtml?idFamilia=54 (accessed on April 20, 2004).

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